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Title:  Portraits of boxers and other athletes
Work Type:  prints; photographs
Creator:  Chickering, Elmer, photographer
Worth, Thomas (1834-1917, American), artist
Frost, Arthur Burdett (1851-1928, American), artist
E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, lithographer
Date:  1750-1914
Description:  Chiefly portrait prints and photographs of American, British, and Irish boxers, along with some promotional broadsides, newspaper clippings, and illustrations of championship boxing matches from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries. About a third of the 366 items in the collection depict early athletes and scenes from other sports, including cycling, competitive walking (or pedestrianism), horse racing, cockfighting, hunting and fishing, golf, baseball, and cricket. More than 100 boxers are portrayed, from pioneer English bare-knuckle champions John Broughton and Jem Mace to John L. Sullivan and the first world heavyweight champion "Gentleman Jim" Corbett. Among the many highlights are photographic portraits of A. Molineaux Hewlett, an African-American who was appointed Harvard University's first director of physical education in 1859; a cabinet card photograph of female boxer Bertha Frances with the printed caption, "Champion, New York Illustrated News"; more than 40 prints by early American illustrator A.B. Frost; and original drawings for Currier & Ives prints by comic and genre artist Thomas Worth.
Dimensions:  various sizes, some as large as 92 x 70 cm.
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Fores, Samuel William (1761-1838, English), publisher
Currier & Ives, United States, publisher
Topics:  portraits; sports; athletes; boxing; boxers (sports)
Materials/Techniques:  intaglio
photomechanical processes
Mostly engravings and etchings, some hand-colored; lithographs, including offset and chromolithographs; photographic prints, chiefly albumen and gelatin silver with a few salted paper, carbon, and collodion prints; and halftone photomechanical prints. Also includes a few woodcuts, Victorian silk Stevengraphs, drawings, and watercolors.
Note:  General: Includes prints by mostly American and British photographers, engravers, lithographers, artists, and publishers, notably photographers John Wood and Elmer Chickering; engravers Percy Roberts and Henry Thomas Alken; artists and illustrators William Hogarth, I.R. Cruikshank, Thomas Worth, and A.B. Frost; lithographer E.B. & E.C. Kellogg; and publishers George Newbold, S.W. Fores, and Currier & Ives. Most items include identifying information.
Provenance: Stamped on versos of most items: Harvard College Library, from the bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell, 1918. During his life Evert Jansen Wendell amassed a collection of books, pamphlets, plays, playbills, sheet music, manuscripts, documents, maps, autographs, and portraits estimated to have been in excess of one million items, which he bequeathed to Harvard University in 1918. Most of the materials were eventually dispersed to various Harvard repositories and the rejected materials, about 700,000 items, were sold at auction. The Portrait collection was transferred from Widener Library to the Fine Arts Library in 1985.
Copyright:  Please consult Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, for copyright information and restrictions on use.
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library, Harvard University
Related Information:  HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO 230
Record Identifier: olvgroup12192
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